The United Progressive Party has congratulated the Electoral Commission of Ghana and the Independent Panel set up by the commission to look into the concerns of stakeholders on the 2012 Voter’s Register for coming out with undisputable findings that prove that a new register wouldn’t be needed for the 2016 general elections.
In a statement signed by the General Secretary for the party, Razak Kojo Opoku, the party made it clear it had formerly supported the idea for a new voters’ register but after studying the documents copied to them by the EC, they could only back down and “fully support and wholly accepts the recommendations made by the Independent Panel set up by the Electoral Commission”.
Below is a copy of the UPP’s statement
UPP SUPPORT EC DECISION ON THE 2012 VOTER’S REGISTER
The United Progressive Party wishes to congratulate the Electoral Commission of Ghana and the Independent Panel set up by the Electoral Commission to look into the concerns and views of stakeholders on the 2012 Voter’s Register.
UPP was in support for the compilation of new Voter’s Register for the 2016 general election BUT carefully deliberating on the report submitted by the Independent Panel to the Electoral Commission and copied all Political Parties and also considering the closeness of the 2016 general election, UPP fully support and wholly accepts the recommendations made by the Independent Panel set up by the Electoral Commission.
We also fully endorse the decision and firm position taken by the Electoral Commission on the 2012 Voter’s Register.
But we hope that towards the 2020 general election, the Electoral Commission and Government through the National Identification Authority, Birth and Death Registry and Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development should closely collaborate to compile a fresh, transparent, credible and very much trusted Voter’s Register together with Electronic Voting for the 2020 general election.
Razak Kojo Opoku
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